Multimedia mavericks Troika Ranch have created an oxymoron: warm, glowy conceptual art. The movement of the dancers, who are wired to a computer, releases both music (insect swarms, quasi- Gregorian chants, a splatter of rain) and a beautiful idea—that whole cities of sound are immanent in the air, and human motion makes them visible. -Village Voice, reviewing Reine Rien


Troika Ranch offers a wide-array of workshop experiences. Some are designed as residency activities linked to our performances, others as standalone events that allow us to share our broad experience as creators of interactive performance. If you are interested in bringing us to your institition to teach a workshop, please contact us.


June 30 – July 4, 2014 - Portland Oregon


Co-taught by Troika Ranch directors Dawn Stoppiello and Mark Coniglio, this session is an intensive laboratory for multidisciplinary artists who wish to explore the creation of media intensive performances and installations. Participants are guided to address a series of compositional questions focused on successfully bringing performers, audience and visual and sonic media together to create compelling and truly unified works. Topics to be covered include: effectively integrating live performers and video imagery; using live video/audio feeds to amplify or re-contextualize the situation and themes; the use of reactive/interactive systems as an intensifier of liveness; using visual and sonic media as scores for action; and considering alternative projection surfaces and/or materials. Throughout the workshop, students will use Isadora®, the user-friendly, real-time media manipulation tool created by Mark Coniglio. Instead of an exhaustive approach, the focus will be on introducing key features that allow the students to address the compositional problem at hand. In so doing, the students will leave with a basic, solid knowledge of the software that can be put into practice immediately.


A short video of last year’s workshop can be seen HERE


When: June 30 – July 4, 2014 10:00AM – 4:00PM Monday through Friday
Fee: $675 (Includes a six-month license for Isadora), due no later than the first day of the workshop. (Checks to be made out to Troika Ranch)


OR join us for the Live-I Workshop AND the Live-Art Sampler for $900 -- a $100 discount!

  • Applications are due by May 30, 2014
  • We are limited to a maximum of 15 students


Include one paragraph explaining why you are interested in attending the workshop and one paragraph describing the kind of work that you make. Briefly tell us about your level of expertise with computers. Please include your name, address, telephone number and email address.
Applicants must have a basic understanding of using a computer, i.e., opening and saving files, copying and pasting information, basic navigational skills, etc. Applicants must also have gone through the Isadora tutorials 1-6 before the workshop begins.

Send applications to info [at] troikaranch [dot] org


A note About the selection process: please know that, beyond your application information, an important factor in choosing the participants is how the group fits together as a whole. When the skills of those participating vary too widely, it means that someone ends up either bored or overwhelmed. So please understand that if you are not chosen it is not a reflection on your abilities or your skills as an artist.


Computers: We require that you bring your own Mac or PC laptop.


Macintosh Requirements: Intel based computer with a bus speed of 2.0 Ghz and 2.0 GB of RAM; Mac OS X 10.4.0 or greater; latest version of Apple's QuickTime. (G4/G5 computers will work, but they do not perform nearly as well as the Intel machines.)


Windows Requirements: Intel based computer with a bus speed of 1.8 Ghz and 2.0 GB of RAM; Windows 7, Vista or XP; latest version of Apple's QuickTime.

Video & Audio Inputs - Read Carefully!

Some means of capturing live video and audio is required. Click this link for detailed information that will help you ensure you have both live video and live audio feeds into your computer.


Sensory Systems: Users may also bring MIDI input devices or other sensory systems if they have prior skill in connecting and using those systems with their computer. Isadora can receive input from MIDI and Serial devices as well as software that supports the Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol.


Live-I Workshop Only - $675


Live-I Workshop Only AND PDX Live Art Sampler - $900


To pay by check, please make out your check to Troika Ranch and send to:


Troika Ranch
4511 NE Prescott Street
Portland, OR 97218